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Quote

"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?"


Abraham Lincoln


Joke

If you see a robbery at an Apple Store does that make you an iWitness?!


Fun Fact

McDonald’s once made bubblegum-flavored broccoli

This interesting fact will have your taste buds crawling. Unsurprisingly, the attempt to get kids to eat healthier didn’t go over well with the child testers, who were “confused by the taste.” Find out which countries have banned McDonald’s.


History Fact

The Dutch-Scilly War lasted 335 years and had no battles or deaths.


In 1651 – 1986, the war was a by-product of the English Civil War and the decision of the Dutch to side with the Parliamentarians over the Royalists.


The Royalists had raided a few Dutch shipping vessels in revenge before fleeing to the Isles of Scilly.


The Dutch turned up, demanding reparations from the Royalists and, when they didn’t pay up, declared war.


But they decided to call it a day and go home pretty sharpish as they realized the Royalists didn’t have a penny to their names.


Only thing is they never declared peace with the Isles and just completely forgot they were at war.


Then, roughly 3 centuries later, historian Roy Duncan stumbled upon a footnote in Scilly about the war.


He invited the Dutch Ambassador for Great Britain to Scilly, where a peace treaty was negotiated and signed, bringing the war to an end after 335 years and no bitter bloodshed.


Movie/TV Trivia

The androids in Alien are alphabetised


Have you ever noticed this fun fact about the Alien franchise? All of the monsters in the movie have been alphabetised, just to keep things nice and orderly amidst all of the terrifying extraterrestrial mayhem. Each instalment of the movie adds in another android and so far their names have appeared in alphabetical order.

The creatures are named as follows: Ash, Bishop, Call, and, most recently, David in Prometheus and Alien: Covenant.

Did you know that in the first Alien film, the creature is never filmed looking directly at the camera?

This is because Ridley Scott wanted to avoid showing the alien’s humanoid features and dispel any notions of a man wearing a rubber suit. Instead he insisted on shooting the beast at various close-up angles.

But if you watch the 1979 film back, viewers never see the monster in all of its entirety, and definitely not from the front.


Movie/TV Quote

“The stuff that dreams are made of.”


The Maltese Falcon, 1941


Conversation Starter

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